MiG-29K crash: When joint effort of Indian Coast Guard and Navy saved the LIFE of a jet fighter pilot

An Indian Navy MiG-29K fighter jet crashed during a routine flight off the coast of Goa on October 12, 2022 after developing a technical malfunction. The pilot was ejected safely and landed in the ocean, the navy said and naval headquarters later ordered a Commission of Inquiry (BoI) into the incident. While flying safely from the sky, the pilot landed in the Arabian Sea, near Goa and had to be evacuated immediately. Although the Indian Navy deployed a helicopter to evacuate the pilot, the pilot was spotted by the Indian Coast Guard’s Dornier Do-228 aircraft.

The Indian Coast Guard’s Dornier planes lined up for a flypast in Karnataka yesterday but were diverted to locate the Navy’s MiG-29K fighter jet 60 miles off the coast of Goa, ICG officials said. As a sign of a concerted effort by the two naval forces, the ICG Dornier located the pilot who had been ejected into a dinghy.

Meanwhile, a naval helicopter also reached the site to rescue the pilot. The two Dorniers completed their mission in 40 minutes, the ICG officials concluded. The MiG-29K is an aircraft carrier-based all-weather multirole fighter aircraft developed by the Russian aerospace company Mikoyan (MiG).

“A MiG 29K on a routine flight over the sea off Goa developed a technical malfunction while returning to base. The pilot was ejected safely and has been recovered in a rapid search and rescue operation,” the navy said in a brief statement. “The pilot’s condition is reportedly stable. The Board of Inquiry (BoI) has been ordered to investigate the cause of the incident,” it said.

Indian Navy MiG-29K crashes

The Indian Navy had acquired a fleet of 45 MiG-29Ks from Russia over a decade ago at a cost of approximately $2 billion to operate from INS Vikramaditya. In November 2020, a Navy MiG-29K aircraft crashed into the Arabian Sea off the coast of Goa after taking off from aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya.

A two-seat MiG-29K fighter plane had crashed in South Goa district in November 2019 and both pilots had jumped out of the sky safely. Another MIG-29K crashed into the Arabian Sea off the coast of Goa on February 23, 2020, after taking off from INS Hansa, a prominent naval airfield at Vasco in Goa.

With PTI inputs

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